Edward II (1992)

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Considered a fine example of gay and lesbian cinema, Derek Jarman's take on Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play The Troublesome Reign of Edward II offers an intriguing blend of the production's original language and modern colloquialisms and settings that transcend time to tell the story of the British King who openly rejected his wife and took on a male lover. Jarman deliberately blended past and present to make the statement that -- despite modern lip service to political correctness and more tolerant attitudes towards personal differences, society really hasn't evolved since Edward ruled and will not as long as those who are different are persecuted.
Rating: R (for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Derek Jarman
Written By: Derek Jarman , Stephen McBride , Ken Butler , Christopher Marlowe , Antony Root , Steve Clark-Hall
In Theaters: limited
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Cast

Andrew Tiernan
as Piers Gaveston
Tilda Swinton
as Queen Isabella
Nigel Terry
as Mortimer
Kevin Collins
as Lightborn
John Lynch
as Spencer
Dudley Sutton
as Bishop of Winchester
Annie Lennox
as The Singer
Jody Graber
as Prince Edward
Jill Balcon
as Chorus of Nobility
Barbara New
as Chorus of Nobility
Andrea Miller
as Chorus of Nobility
Brian Stokes Mitchell
as Chorus of Nobility
David Glover
as Chorus of Nobility
John Quentin
as Chorus of Nobility
Andrew Charleson
as Chorus of Nobility
Roger Hammond
as Bishop of York
Tony Forsyth
as Captive Policeman
Mark Davis
as Sailor
Giles de Montigny
as Soldier of the Guard
Barry John Clarke
as Man with Snake
Thomas Duncan
as Altar Boy
Giles DeMontigny
as Soldier on the Guard
Jonathan Stables
as Soldier on the Guard
Michael Watkins
as Soldier on the Guard
Robb Dennis
as Soldier of the Guard
Kim Dare
as Wild Girl
Trevor Skingle
as Gym Instructor
Sandy Powell
as Seamstress
Kate Temple
as Seamstress
Liz Ranken
as Sexy Girl
Renee Eyre
as Sexy Girl
Sharon Munro
as Sexy Girl
Johnathan Stables
as Soldier of the Guard
Jocelyn Pook
as Elektra Quartet Member
Abigail Brown
as Elektra Quartet Member
Sonia Slany
as Elektra Quartet Member
Dinah Beamish
as Elektra Quartet Member
Brian Mitchell
as Chorus of Nobility
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Critic Reviews for Edward II

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Edward II

Utilizing a relatively straightforward plot to comment on the systemic reaches of homophobia while dropping references to various aspects of gay existence, Jarman elevates what could've been a rote, stuffy period piece through gorgeous visuals and daring staging. Sure, Edward II mostly operates as a progressive rallying cry for gay acceptance, but it's also very much a compelling, historical/contemporary aristocratic drama who's slightly campy tone and attention to detail (the clothing specifically; Swinton's collection of designer outfits is unreal) make it legitimately fun to watch.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

I hate that when there are no critics reviews listed, that Flixster just gives it a critical rating of 100%. How annoying! Basically, this movie is a mess that is probably better on stage but a mess moviewise.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Yeah...not one of my favourites.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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